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‘Cycling GP’ named Pulse’s local hero

A south London GP known for cycling around council estates to make home visits to patients tops Pulse’s first ever list of local GP heroes.

Dr Mark Ashworth, who is approaching his 30th year as a GP partner in Kennington, has been described by colleagues as ‘epitomising the best of general practice’ and as having an ‘unstinting sense of duty and professionalism’.

Speaking to Pulse, Dr Ashworth said he viewed it as a privilege to have become embedded with his local patients in both a medical and a community role. Click here to read Dr Ashworth’s full profile.

He said: ‘Both roles are a privilege, as is being able to combine them. It feels like good, old-fashioned general practice.’

Also making a list of five local heroes are Bristol-based university GP Dr Dominique Thompson, who has campaigned for the survival of GP practices serving student populations and for improved mental health services for young people; Tower Hamlets GP, LMC vice chair and NHS anti-privatisation campaigner Dr Jackie Applebee; diplomatic Morgannwg LMC vice-chair Dr Ian Harris; and Bristol GP and ‘federating innovator’ Dr Simon Bradley.

Readers' comments (7)

  • Vinci Ho

    True identity of a general practitioner .
    No matter what people say with all sorts of argument, General practice in NHS was founded on principles of social justice. Remember William Beveridge . Any government in this country is obliged to uphold these principles with a commitment that should be endorsed in the Constitution . That is a social contract.

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  • unfortuantely its this kind of general practice which is facing extinction with the kind of workload, intensity and demand that is prevalent today.

    Maintaining this depth of performance is nigh-on impossible in our climate.

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    Not your typical grassroots GP partner as Dr Mark Ashworth is the organisational medical director of the Hurley Group (16 walk in/medical centres/GP surgeries)

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  • HATS OFF TO DR ASHWORTH.. well done sir

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  • Hold on, isn't this guy the medical director of the Hurley Group? Without wanting to impune anyone's character, he effectively heads an organisation that runs multiple GP practices and walk in clinics across London using a massive amount of salaried GPs as cheap(er) labour to the detriment (in my opinion) of the independent contractor partnership model. Along with Clare Gerada, Arvind Madan and Murray Ellender they effective run a highly lucrative, high turn over model of GP services. I have no reason to believe that he is not a "caring" doctor, but find it very highly suspicious that, given his true status running one of the largest for profit federated GP organisations in the UK, that he has managed to top a poll of local GP heroes, especially in this current climate. Who voted??
    Does he and thus his organisation really "epitomise the best of general practice"? And if so, is that the way forward for the rest of us? Answers on a P45 slip please!!


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  • On your bike!

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    With all due respect, many GPs cycle to/from work and to do home visits, especially around inner city South London as controlled parking is very strict. I can name many local cycling GPs.

    In my opinion, Pulse's local hero should be Dr Jose Antonio Serrano, who is the bravest local GP of them all to take on the Daily Mail on behalf of all GPs and our profession and his story was covered by Pulse. He is under enormous stress as he awaits the decision of the High Court. God bless him.

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